Biography

Linda M Carleton

The biography for an upcoming author named Linda M Carleton

Let’s start with who I’m not; a professional blogger or writer who goes by a slogan. Although an “Abuse Survivor, Rescued by Grace” often comes to mind. I am Linda M Carleton; it took forty-six years to accept the last name.

Linda grew up in the Adirondacks on Carleton Hill in Lake Luzerne, New York. The vast woodland, once owned by her grandparents, Willard and Maude Carleton was a place of natural beauty and childhood abuse.

My Grandparents, Willard, and Maude Carleton
Willard, and Maude Carleton

In school, kids called us the “crazy Carleton’s.” Who wants to be tied in with crazy people? Not Linda, she put up physical walls, shutting family members out as much as possible and for a good reason too.

The local papers told the story;

Police Arrest Father on Charges of Child Sexual Abuse

Linda was fourteen when the police arrested her father, and the courts removed him from home. The courts allowed him to work during the week and required him to serve time in jail on weekends. He lived in a small apartment in town; down the street from the High School.

Erwin and Edith Carleton
My Parents on their Wedding Day

Even worse mom stood by his side; spending free time after work, in his apartment and playing Bingo, neglecting her four remaining children. 

As a result, Linda was forced into the mother role to three younger siblings. It began a fierce battle that raged until her brother’s death on June 7th, 2014.

Linda – Age 17
Linda – Age 17

Her parents built the foundation for adult life, and it consists of dysfunction, neglect, and abuse. And these patterns of behavior became a tradition throughout adult life. However, Linda didn’t understand the lingering consequences until several years later.

God’s Grace Illuminated the Darkness

At forty-six, God’s grace illuminated the darkness encompassing her life. He enabled spiritual understanding of the motives for abuse and violence, and provided the solution for genuine healing.

God made it known;

His grace rescued her out of the darkness of sin.

I’m not crazy!

I am Linda M Carleton, an abuse survivor, mother of four and a professional caregiver of twenty plus years. Linda lives in the beautiful Schoharie Valley in Upstate, New York. Where she enjoys writing, blogging, and listening to blues and gospel music. Her favorite pasttime is studying the Word of God. 

Schoharie Valley, Upstate New York
Schoharie Valley, Upstate New York

Three favorite songs are;  Redeemed, I Saw the Light and Forgiven. Please take a moment to listen, as they summarize her personal life story nicely! 

Her favorite live concert was seeing B.B. King in April of 2014, a year before his passing. The documentary B.B. King The Life of Riley is a must watch.

Today, Linda identifies with the song Survivor by Zach Williams. She is a survivor rescued from the grip of sin by the grace of God.

Core Beliefs and Values

At the most crucial level, the heart, Linda is an advocate. In many ways, she has always been advocating, fighting for good to prevail over evil.

She writes with fearless determination for a change in perception on the motives for abuse and provides answers for healing.

Linda believes the truth is the Word of God, and the solution for healing is Jesus Christ. She stands firm in God’s eternal truth.

Her passion is to help victims of abuse, survivors and their families understand the motives for abuse and violence, resolve trauma, mend the wounds and transform their lives.

She hopes you find eternal value in her writing on the pages of this blog and in her upcoming books. You can learn more by reading “How did you get into writing?” in the Writing section on this blog.

Abused, Fear Not – #SurvivorByGrace – Linda M Carleton